I saw you arrive, you know. Bowing and scraping to those smug, self-righteous traitors. Shattered Sun, indeed – they'll learn soon enough who shatters, and who does not.
And you – let me guess. You agreed to do whatever they asked you to do? without noticing that they gave you the menial, dangerous work? sent you to gather resources for their defenses while they stayed safe in their round little boxes?
And now they've sent you up here to kill me. Please don't tell me that all it took to acquire your obedience, to convince you to risk your life, was a little flash of gold? A few glittering gems? Disappointing, but hardly surprising: as well I know, greed and envy and ignorance and selfishness drive most of the world. I don't expect you to understand that, of course, not with your nearly-empty head echoing with dull watery dregs, and so I'll make it simple. It's not altruism if you seek applause. It's not idealism if you've been told what to think. It's not loyalty if your services have been bought.
Yes, I knew you wouldn't like hearing these things: children never enjoy being chided. Still, I am certain that deep down you must know that it doesn't take courage to break into my sanctuary and attack those whose only crime is that they have been faithful to me.
Learn something from them, if you can, from my beautiful, strong people, as you see how fiercely they protect me. My Dawnblades, like my Sunfuries, are the face of true idealism, true loyalty. I've never bought their love. They give it – and their lives – freely.
So swagger all you want as you tread on their corpses, and know this: even if you are able to vanquish me, here, today, you can never destroy my legacy. In a thousand years the poets and historians will write, not of Kael'thas the Tyrant, or Kael'thas the Traitor, but of Kael'thas the Beloved, the Savior of his people.
Anu belore dela'na.
~ To be continued ~
Yes, this is "that" story. ~ Apologies that this prologue is so short: the chapters to come will be much much longer. As of November 2013 I am working on this again.
(01) 15 March 2012